Case 8

Holly Wells & Jessica Chapman

*** Content Warning: child victims, child sexual assault ***

10-year-old Jessica Chapman was looking forward to giving her best friend, Holly Wells, a necklace she had bought during a recent family holiday.

On the afternoon of August 4 2002, she attended a barbecue at the Chapman residence in Soham, where the two girls played video games before deciding to take a walk to buy some candy. Hours later, they still hadn’t returned. 

The search for Holly and Jessica soon became one of the biggest manhunts in England’s history, with the media criticising the police for their failure to locate the girls or make any arrests. Little did they know, the police had already set their sights on a suspect…



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